To the editor:
The HST is going to cost us consumers more money and it shifts the tax burden from business to us, the consumers.
When the HST tax was initiated last year, it was supposed to be harmonized tax neutral, meaning it wasn’t going to cost us, the taxpayers any more money. In the mean time our government has added many more items to the taxable list, meaning it will cost us consumers much more money in taxes. The HST has sky rocketed out of control.
Our MLAs have said this added tax would bring industry to B.C. and pay higher wages and get the economy going. As we can see, not one of their policies has proved to be right. In fact, it has backfired—no industries have moved in, low paying jobs still exist, fewer people are employed and there’s no hope in the future for employment.
This government appointed panel report says it will create 25,000 new jobs by the year 2020. Amazing how they can predict these figures, when they missed out on last year’s prediction, and they don’t predict what the HST will be in the year 2020.
Our MLAs say we have to compete for industry and jobs with Ontario. Surprisingly, they did not mention Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Mr. Falcon says the HST is bringing in more money than expected for the government of B.C. and I say take back your HST and refund our HST monies back to us consumers.
Carbon tax gas is going up again to 1.17 cents a litre on July 1, 2011.